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Sedum suaveolens (Sweet Smelling Sedum)


Scientific Name

Sedum suaveolens Kimnach

Common Names

Sweet Smelling Sedum


Graptopetalum suaveolens

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum


Sedum suaveolens is a clump-forming succulent with rosettes of glaucous blue-green to alabaster-white leaves often tinged pink. It grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall with an equal width. Rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Leaves are with a flattened upper surface, keeled below and slightly curving towards the tip. From within, the rosette emerges stolons from which new rosettes form. Like the stolons, a short inflorescence, barely reaching beyond the edge of the leaves, appears from within the rosette, bearing white, sweetly fragrant flowers.

Sedum suaveolens (Sweet Smelling Sedum)

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that these plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop because many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is usually enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to ensure further that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

You can break off one of the stems for taller varieties and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily, and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Sedum suaveolens is native to Mexico.



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